This week I would like to talk a little bit more about dry brushing! It’s an interesting and invigorating experience if you have never tried it. Out of the benefits listed about skin brushing I think one of the most important reasons to skin brush is because it encourages you to take a moment and focus on your body. Before you try skin brushing it is important to remember that dry brushing is recommended no more than one to two times per week. If you have ultra-sensitive skin, try dry brushing once every couple of weeks. Here’s how!
1. Find your brush.
Finding your perfect dry skin brush is mostly up to personal preference. You want a stiff bristle but nothing too abrasive. There are options that have a long handle or none but I find it easier with a handle as it will helps me hit those hard-to-reach places, like on the back.
2. Get ready.
You'll want to be completely nude and consider standing in the shower so there is less of a mess if your skin is really dry. It’s best to do before a shower so it’s convenient because you are already there :)
3. Master the movement.
The strokes should be medium pressure and long because you are trying to push up lymph fluid, and that requires a delicate and rhythmic touch. You'll also want to do each pass more than once and overlap sections while brushing. Think of it like moving along each limb like a spiral staircase. Along your joints or smaller areas, you will want to switch to shorter, quicker movements.
4. Start at the feet and move upward.
The point of dry brushing is to encourage lymph toward your upper torso and chest, where the lymphatic fluid will re-enter the bloodstream: You always want to follow the circulatory system. You will take the legs in sections. Start with the top of the feet, then target the lower leg, the knee, and the thigh. When you work on the back of the thigh, treat the butt as an extension of your thigh and continue upward onto the small of your back. As for your stomach, you can experiment with circular motions or long strokes. Find what feels right for you.
5. Treat the upper body.
Much like you start with the feet, start with the hands and go across toward the heart. Brush the back of your hands, work around the forearm, and then around the upper arm. Be mindful to treat under the upper arms with extra attention, as that's where many lymph nodes are.
6. Then finish with neck
You'll want to be extra gentle, as it's more delicate skin. Here we will move in the opposite direction, high to lowe, as you are above heart level. Start at the jawline and move down toward your chest and finish by going over your heart in a circular motion to end your routine.
7. Afterward, you can take a shower as usual.
This will help clean the body of the dead skin cells that have come loose during the brushing process. Be mindful of how you are washing the skin. Skip the scrubs and abrasive loofahs. After the shower, hydration is key.
One last tip for your dry brushing journey. Don't forget to wash your brush with baby shampoo at least twice a month to get rid of all of that dead skin buildup!
Thanks for stopping by! We’ll catch you here next week!